Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): What you need to know

1: it evaluates the quality of schools

2: it reports on the progress made by schools

3: it supports schools that need help reaching success

The Illinois School Report Card shows the progress of schools on an array of metrics. Find data on your school here.

What’s New

Your local advocacy makes the biggest difference for the stakeholders who matter most: your students. Learn how to share your #TeacherVoice for teacher-led PD. Teach Plus Teach Plus Illinois buff.ly/2rPnCib See MoreSee Less

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The new federal education law, #TitleIIA, offers the opportunity to make professional development something that is done BY teachers and FOR teachers — Learn how to take advantage of it here: buff.ly/2rPnCib #ESSA Teach Plus Teach Plus Illinois See MoreSee Less

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  • ESSA Glossary Graphics
    Check out our infographics on key ESSA terms such as growth, proficiency, learning standards and assessments 
  • FAQ
    Learn more about what Illinois’ ESSA plan means for students and schools through our FAQs.
  • ESSA plan for ISBE
    The Illinois State Board of Education’s ESSA website is available here, including a full copy of the state’s plan.


  • Essence of ESSA Blog Series
    Coalition member, Advance Illinois, writes about how academic progress at Zion school shows promise of new system.
  • ESSA: A Better Recipe
    Learn more about the ingredients of ESSA in A Better Recipe. Coalition member, Stand for Children Illinois produced a video on the new law.
  • School Report Card
    Find important data about your school with the recently released Illinois School Report Card.